. and for all you english people I am not sure if it is affect or effect.....
You were right, it is "affect." Here's a great explanation from the Writers' Block Web site:
Affect and effect are two words that are commonly confused.
"Affect" is usually a verb meaning "to influence".
The drug did not affect the disease.
"Effect" is usually a noun meaning "result".
The drug has many adverse side effects.
"Effect" can also be used as a verb meaning "to bring about".
The present government effected many positive changes.
As a writer, I am a stickler on this one. (Also am a stickler on who vs. whom, anxious vs. eager... the list goes on.) Pardon my anal retentiveness.
Sorry for the tangent... I just wanted to post here to say that I agree that it's time to let these negative posts fade out. I think the horse is dead. (Insert Liann's smiley here.)
I recently got my husband's cousin to purchase DrillMax. She never has tried a Cathe workout, so she was excited. I wrote to her and told her that she not only would enjoy the workout, but would love the Web site. As soon as I wrote that, though, I was worried that when she visited, she'd immediately be turned off by all of the drama and unrest. I touted this place as a place of fitness support, not grown people who whine about stars and fruitcakes. I got to thinking, it's really not fair to Cathe for us to turn these forums from their intended purpose. If I were in her shoes, I'd be a bit mortified to think that newcomers visit here daily and may be totally turned off. We should be shining examples of Cathe's work, not embarrassments to her.
I'm very guilty of this too. In the past, I have partaken in MANY political debates on here. Probably hurt a few feelings/ruffled a few feathers in the process too. And I regret that now. I hope we all can put our grievances aside and remember why we're here in the first place. Let's use our strong-women opinions for a common good.
If we all start a happy/healthy thread today, we'll change the landscape around here.